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My mom only had one eye

My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.

There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.

How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, “EEEE, your mom only has one eye!”

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, “If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?”

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.

I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study.

Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.

When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, “How dare you come to my house and scare my children! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!”

And to this, my mother quietly answered, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address.” – and she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity.

My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

“My dearest son,

I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.

I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.

You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.

I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,

Your mother.”

Author Unknown

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  • Ikechi Kalu February 5, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Well that is a really sad story. It boils down to you don’t know what you have got until it is gone. People should learn how to treat their parents better, in the end you will be glad you did.

  • Deanne Angel February 1, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Very touching :’-(

  • Mounika January 25, 2012, 8:15 am

    This was a really sad story. Mother is the one who showed u the whole world and if there is any idiot 2 hate a mother he is waste of living in this world.

  • Pity Girl January 24, 2012, 4:23 am

    I will be more grateful if I got a mum like her. Unfortunately, no. Everyday I had to cry becauz she kills me with her words.

  • Nanthu January 24, 2012, 4:20 am

    This story is really touching. I will be more grateful if I got a mum like her but for me… my mum is 1% also not like her… actually she treats me like a maid. Hope God can change my situation like yours.

  • Dharmesh January 22, 2012, 1:20 am

    This is a very touching story. In our Gujrati language there is a sentence: “Choru k choru thai, pan mavtar k mavtar na thai.”
    It means: children could forget their duty, but parents could not.

  • Sarah January 18, 2012, 10:58 am

    Is this a true story????

  • Rosalia January 17, 2012, 5:47 am

    Such a nice and sad story…..

  • Hera January 14, 2012, 8:45 pm

    This story really touched my heart and the lesson is very clear, love your parents for their love for you and the sacrifices they’ve made is unmeasured. Do all you can for them while they are still alive!

  • Gagan January 12, 2012, 7:14 am

    It’s an emotional story and I admit that but I think we must learn how to respect our parents and I think the writer has given his point in a great way. I like the theme of the story and the message it conveys.

  • Steven January 12, 2012, 6:58 am

    If i were him i will be proud

  • Ayush January 11, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Very nice and really good…

  • Shriya January 11, 2012, 5:46 am

    It was a really sad story which made me cry. I hate those children who disrespect their parents.

  • Mark January 11, 2012, 3:58 am

    A very touching story! I want to cry!

  • Daniel January 9, 2012, 5:50 am

    This is the best story I have ever read…

  • Angelica Villon January 7, 2012, 8:52 pm

    This is a very very touching story… I wish that all the chilren in the world respects thier parets… ;(

  • Naman January 6, 2012, 11:02 am

    We just shame on ourselves, parents do many thing for us but we only give them sorrow why? they never asked us. even they always ready to die for us! AND we always ready to take the soul from them shame on us!

  • Nivan January 6, 2012, 6:45 am

    Ohhhhhhh… very sad story 🙁 touched my heart so muchhhhhhhh … plz plz plz do respect to ur mother, she is the best woman in ur life…..

  • Nisha January 4, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Very touching and valuable story. I lost my mom 5 yrs back, she was my best and only friend.. I miss her each second of my life. Love u mom.

  • Anu January 3, 2012, 1:43 am

    This story touched me a lot….. because I love my mom….very much…

  • Minhsewl December 31, 2011, 5:58 am

    It’s absolutely sad!!!!!!! I hurted my mom for some years… but now i realize….mom is everything…but now my sis is following my step!!!! what should i do? every words from my sis for my mother is really bad.. i feel like to slap her… but i realize that this is my fault

  • Manan December 30, 2011, 6:43 am

    This was a really sad story, I wish to God that every child respects his parents.

  • Girl December 23, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I hate my mom and this story dosen’t change a thing.

  • Anup December 20, 2011, 12:13 am

    It’s not a story, it’s a reality.

  • Brandon December 17, 2011, 1:15 pm

    This is actually real !

  • Ashish Mishra December 10, 2011, 12:54 am

    I have no words to explain this story, but i want to explain that mother is just like a god who always care his/her child.

    Ashish mishra
    HR Executive
    Lakhani vardan group.

  • Unknown December 9, 2011, 12:06 am

    So, sad. How could he be so mean to his mother even when he was older!? So mean. I hope this story taught everyone something. To respect their mothers.

  • Ena November 26, 2011, 7:16 am

    No words for this story, such a sad one……..

  • Arjun November 26, 2011, 2:13 am

    This is a sad and touching story. I have selected this story for my school story telling competition. I hope I will be able to bring tears in ordians eyes and judges.

  • Cammie November 17, 2011, 8:43 pm

    My friend got the second prize for the story telling competition, all thanks to this loving story.

  • Dr. Sudhakar, Tripoli November 17, 2011, 1:10 pm

    After reading the story, my eyes overwhelmed with tears. It reveals the brutality of a son who ignored his mother who sacrificed her life including her eyes for the sake of her son. In the universe mother’s love is pure and eternal. That’s why mother has top priority in the society next to father, teacher and god…. Every child should realize mother’s love towards children.

  • Teacher-SXHS November 9, 2011, 2:23 am

    Really a heart touching story!. Everyone should be proud of their mother.

  • Gyzlle November 8, 2011, 9:57 am

    One of the best preaching stories in my life. I could hardly stop crying. Made me realize the importance of my parents one more time.

  • Sushi November 4, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Really wonderful story… All children please realize the importance of your parents because they are God’s gift to us…..

  • Doctor November 2, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Touching story, good moral, and sorry but there is no such thing as a whole eye transplant. Corneal transplant yes, but not eye, and at any rate adult eye would be too large to transplant to a child……

  • Shamila October 31, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I feel sorry for your mum and I hope you forgive your mum and I believe you were in tears to sum up you have the luckiest mum cause non mum will give their child the eye away!

  • Ray October 24, 2011, 7:24 pm


  • Itika Rajpurohit October 23, 2011, 8:17 am

    It is a very touching story and a very sad one. This story tells me that we have to love our parent from the deepest of our heart. They sacrifie all their happiness for us only. I just want to make my parents happy forever.

  • nancy October 19, 2011, 2:11 pm

    You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be thankful for having a Lovely Mother who took good care of u when u were a child.
    You have no respect for her. She shouldn’t be treated like this.

  • Amber October 18, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I love this story it is so touching…. Whoever wrote this story is an amazing person. I have a question, is this a real story? If so sorry but it is a sad one.

  • Yogananda October 16, 2011, 7:33 am

    It is really inspiring me…

  • Victor October 14, 2011, 6:53 am

    I do love my mother no matter what but for some reasons she doesn’t care about me anymore. She told me face to face go you are not my son and i have not done nothing wrong to her. I always respect her and everything she always telling all my friend bad things about me!!! but when i read that one eye mother I cried like a baby Bcuz the love of my mother!!

  • Branogla October 14, 2011, 5:17 am

    Its touching and real sad i should say. makes me feel the need to luv mom even more than i do…..

  • Hellen October 14, 2011, 1:52 am

    This story is so touching. I had balancing tears, I have been so disrespectful at times and I promise to change and ALWAYS THANK my beautiful mother who is a single parent

  • Aileen October 4, 2011, 8:15 pm

    I dont think anyone should treat their mother like that. I cried after reading this. Imagine how the mother had felt! Her own son…
    I love my mom and dad. 🙂 I will never take them for granted.

  • Pr@t!k September 29, 2011, 7:32 am

    It was a very touching story…..what v do with our parents today is what our kids will do to us one day!!
    He’ll surely learn a lesson.

  • Jamie September 28, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Touching story but totally unrealistic. You can’t transplant someone’s eye.

  • Stuti Naik September 27, 2011, 6:43 am

    Mothers and fathers live for their children. They sacrifice for us. We should always love and respect them. We should not avoid them…

  • YasHVI September 24, 2011, 1:02 am

    I wish all moms in the world are like this mom…

  • Ing-Ing September 20, 2011, 3:35 am

    Take care of what you have, don’t wait until it is lost.

  • Bohua September 17, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I felt so sad 🙁

  • Sam September 17, 2011, 12:04 pm

    How does a child treat to his/her mum like this?????????
    the mum was really a god……
    Mothers’ love can’t be second to any other thing in this world!

  • Bailey Lover September 14, 2011, 5:41 am

    This story is so sad, I will remember this when my mom makes me mad. I am going to pass this story along.

  • UMESH September 8, 2011, 10:43 pm


  • Smriti September 8, 2011, 10:24 am

    I love u vry vry much mom,…..

  • Rajiv.singh September 2, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Hell yeah….. love you mom…… awesome story !!!!!

  • Arundhati August 31, 2011, 5:48 am

    Love u mom….such a sad story

  • Jo August 30, 2011, 10:38 am

    Very touching story, and it really made me cry, love you mum……..

  • Diya August 20, 2011, 6:23 am

    It was a very touching story. I had almost tears in my eyes.

  • Windvoel Ceiko August 15, 2011, 7:17 am

    It is sad not to accept your parents the way they are. For you not knowing that one day it comes around to hurt you for life. This is one of the best stories I recomend. It give a thought to life and in making choices.

  • Ravi Govindaswamy August 8, 2011, 6:04 am

    It really brought tears in my Eyes and a child could see whole world only beacuse of her Mom. All Mom, long live happily..

  • Umrao Choudhary August 2, 2011, 3:53 am

    What a story really altimate ……..

    Love you MOm and Dad

  • Rhey August 1, 2011, 7:46 am

    Who is this unworthy son!!!

  • Manav August 1, 2011, 5:13 am

    Soooooo sad

  • Paul Gitahi July 26, 2011, 5:32 pm

    What a touching u mom.

  • Jonas Brother Singh July 22, 2011, 7:38 am

    First of all, great story. Valuable lessons taught. There are also some hidden things here too. Why didn’t the mother tell her son this from the start rather than leave a guilt note after she died? Also, was she really a kind loving mom all those years? Yes, he was truly a jerk for hating her because she had only one eye, but you would think a lifelong relationship has more to it than that. Just trying to point out a few holes in the story, although I agree the moral of it is outstanding and parents and children should love and respect each other.

  • MUNNA July 20, 2011, 11:07 am

    This story shows about present situation of the world.

  • Shivi97 July 17, 2011, 9:50 am

    Such a great sacrifice only for her meany child…….. I’m very happy with my parents & I promise I’ll never do such kind of things to my parents.
    Luv u mummy-papa.

  • Manas ranjan padhi July 16, 2011, 7:13 am

    Is there heart, there is emotion. Is there emotion, there is tears. Is there tears, there is sacrifice. Is there sacrifice, there is MOM. Only she can do this.

  • Girlygirl July 12, 2011, 8:25 am

    As in our childhood our parents took care of us, now let us take care of them….

  • Maghariba Ibrahim July 11, 2011, 3:00 pm

    It’s a fearful story. How does a child can do such a cruality to a mother …………. so sad story. By reading this the tears came from my eyes.

  • Nishant singh July 11, 2011, 11:36 am

    Stand for your family

  • Anna July 11, 2011, 12:08 am

    I love my mom and that boy should feel the guilt and sadness he put his mother through. I would say I love my father but my mom didn’t marry him and I never met him. I would say the same for my stepfather but he cheated on my mom, couldn’t hold down a job and hit my brother. I HATE HIM. I would say the same for my second stepfather but he was a drunk, with gambling problems, he was a pervert, he smacked my friend’s ass and would stare at mine. I HATE HIM. I still love my mother with all my heart and I would do almost anything for her and my 11 year old brother. This was a touching story.

  • Diya July 9, 2011, 5:14 am

    Ah! what a touching story. I love it. How can that guy do that to his own mother, hate that fellow. Love my parents, they do everything for me, they are wonderful!

  • Shammy July 5, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Awww very touching! I hate that guy. I love my parents so much! They are the reason why I exist in this beautiful world.

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